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The brisk pacing is the sole improvement over the meandering, overlong original.

The ‘Poltergeist’ remake is a forgettable ghost story

May 22nd, 2015

The brisk pacing is the sole improvement over the meandering, overlong original.

  • Nicole Kidman stars as the titular American actress-turned-princess in the flick, which airs on Lifetime this week.

  • The flick is more interested in telling the audience about the importance of fun than in actually having any.

  • The film illustrates life under sharia law in Mali.

  • Focusing on a divorce, the entire movie takes place in an Israeli courtroom and the waiting area just outside.

  • "In 1998, I set out from South America to forge the longest unbroken footpath in human history."

  • All the creepy set pieces and engaging performances are no match for the increasingly absurd exposition.

  • It’s a solid telling of Thomas Hardy’s classic story.

  • Most of the Western, available on Video on Demand this weekend, is a quiet, discursive journey with flashes of dry humor.

  • The freshness of the original has been replaced by a dutiful retread. And "Cups" will again be in your head for weeks.

  • The latest installment is a marvel of action choreography, even if the crashes and explosions get a little repetitive after a while.

  • The new Netflix show combines a superficially progressive premise with some creaky sitcom construction.

  • It’s a mess, but at least it’s a commendable mess.

  • It’s like a cross between “Weird Al” Yankovic’s UHF and a Lifetime movie.

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